|Source: Al Ha'Mishmar, Aug. 22nd, 1946, p. 3|
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
|Credit: see below|
Above is a cutting from the advertisement: the Hebrew translation of the Romanian title.
Winter noted, in correspondence with us, that contrary to our initial assumption, the musical is not named chess, which is what 'Shach-Mat' means in Hebrew, but rather checkmate, which is what it means in Romanian.
(P.S.: Technically, Shach-Mat' can mean 'checkmate' in Hebrew, but it is an extremely archaic and uncommon use of the term; the term used almost exclusively for nearly a century is 'mat').
|Source: 64 Msihbatzot (64 squares), Sept.-Oct. 1957, cover page.|
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
|Source: see below|
In Hebrew it is also added that prizes are: getting one's registration fee back if one wins, and getting half of it refunded if one draws... also, it is requrested from the participants to bring 'fair boards and pieces'.
|Source: National Library of Israel|
One example is the following -- a note, filled in by hand, announcing a simultaneous display at Jerusalem's Lasker club. Asher Wolowelsky (ph. spelling), 'Jerusalem's Champion for the [Jewish] year 5693 [1932/3]', will play against 20 people, on 24/12/1932.
Apparently, as this is a filled-out form, the club had organized enough simultaneous displays to make it worth while to have a regular form made.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
|Source: Ha'Mashkif, Dec. 20th, 1944, p. 2|
The article is about Jewish soldiers fighting for the British Empire as part of the Palestinian brigade, recently released in a prisoners' exchange from a German military prison camp in Lamsdorf. Amazingly, they do not report mistreatment due to their Jewishness, and their description of camp life does is actually rather humane.
They returned to Palestine with a chess set made in the camp 'by Russian prisoners for the colonel who was the camp commander'. In July 1944 the camp organized a chess league tournament -- a four-man team for each prisoners' nationality -- and the Palestinian team won. They add that the prize, the chess set, was given to them by a British Officer POW with 'apologies from the camp commander', whose 'position and race forbid him from awarding the prize personally'.
The prisoners were lucky to be released when they were. Soon afterwards, as the Red Army approached, the camp was evacuated westward in one of the many notorious 'death marches' during the winter of 1944/1945.
|Image Credit: here.|
Sunday, December 31, 2017
All I can say in my defense is quote Dr. Samuel Johnson, the author of the famous English dictionary, was praised for the immense amount of work that he put into it. He told Boswell, his biographer, that he was very lazy: he did his dictionary in ten years, while, if he had applied himself regularly, he could have done it in three.
If Sam Johnson could be lazy, I have at least some excuse...
|Source: The NLI|